MOUN­TAINS IN THE WATER

Blea Tarn, Cum­bria

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could use a pic­ture of Blea Tarn to il­lus­trate almost any sea­son, be­cause it never looks less than sump­tu­ous. But in au­tumn its re­flec­tive power (most phys­i­cal and meta­phys­i­cal) is am­pli­fied. That per­fect frame, with the Lang­dale Pikes hov­er­ing be­tween Rak­erigg and Side Pike, be­comes deeper. The crags of Har­ri­son Stickle and Pike o’ Stickle get growlier. And if you get here on a still, calm day, the tarn be­comes the most del­i­cate mir­ror in the whole fir­ma­ment of Lake­land, the golden slopes around it dou­bling them­selves in its quiet sheen.

PHOTO: LOOP IM­AGES LTD/ALAMY

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